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Title: Supererogation, moral effort, and the limits of obligation
Authors: Mellema, Gregory
Keywords: Supererogationobligationexpectationought implies can principleeffort
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Gregory Mellema “Supererogation, moral effort, and the limits of obligation” in "Etica & Politica / Ethics and Politics, (2017) XIX/1", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2017, pp. 309-317
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics and Politics
(2017) XIX/1
Abstract: When a moral agent performs an act of supererogation, the agent is doing something praiseworthy that is not morally required. Doing this requires effort and in particular more effort than merely satisfying the requirements of duty. I refer to this type of effort as moral effort. In the first half of this essay, I explore the role of moral effort in achieving the status of the supererogatory. In the second half of the essay, I defend a view concerning the limits of moral obligation that I call duty minimalism, and I explain how the two parts of this essay relate to one another.
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2017) XIX/1

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